Macross Delta – It’s Official!

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After initial images leaked last night, AnimeAnime and ANN are reporting that the Logo, title and first key visual image for MACROSS DELTA have been revealed in the lead-up to this weekends All Japan Model and Hobby Show.

With the title confirmed to be ‘Macross Delta’, the key visual’s tagline is “Shoot (it) down.’
Interestingly, the logo also reveals some sort of planet. Could the new series be set somewhere other than a colonization fleet?

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More details are expected at a ‘Macross Modellers’ talkshow event at the All Japan Model and Hobby Show tomorrow.

This will be followed by a “‘Chō Jikū'” Seisaku Happyōkai” (“The Super Dimension” Production Unveiling), live-streamed event on NinoNico on October 29 which will reveal character designs, main staff on the production, and the winner of the recent idol auditions.

To commemorate the upcoming new series, 5 previous Macross movies are getting a budget re-release on Bluray on December 24. Macross Do You Remember Love, Macross Plus Movie Edition, Macross 7 The Galaxy is Calling Me, Macross Frontier The False Songstress & Macross Frontier The Wings of Farewell will all be rereleased at 5000yen each. There is no information regarding English language options on any of these discs at this time.
(Thanks to Egan Loo and Adrian Lozano)

Miyatake interview from “SDF-1 Macross: Thorough Dissection”

WIN_20150915_161210-SMALLAs we board the hype train leading up to Kazutaka Miyatake’s exhibition of original artworks, let us look at a recent interview with him conducted earlier this year for the “SDF-1 Macross: Thorough Dissection” book — you know, the one which also doubles as an enormous 1/2400 scale papercraft model of the Fortress Exceeding Space and Time itself (the cover of the book stoically assures us that it is genuine “Deculture Scale”, no less).

The translation starts right after the jump! (I tried to be as accurate as possible, and that is why the four in-text notes are oddly numbered: there are two #3’s, and there is no #1.  😛 )

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New Translation of “The Plundering Fleet” from Macross: Perfect Memory, by Kenichi Matsuzaki, Trans.: Gubaba

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MW member and Macross SpeakerPODcast partner-in-crime Gubaba has provided us with another new translation!  I’ll leave it to him to introduce it…  Download link at the bottom!

The Plundering Fleet is one of two short stories included in the Macross Perfect Memory book from 1983, in the section “Macross Outside Story” (by which, they mean “side stories”). It was written by Kenichi Matsuzaki, who was the script editor for the series and also wrote plenty of episodes, including the first three and “Love Drifts Away.”

You may remember that in Episode 15 of the series, Global tells Misa a story about her father pulling off some wild scheme involving pretending to be Anti-Unification Forces and raiding a UN storehouse. That’s what this story is about, but really, only partially.

I’ve always been kind of curious about the story. MW member Roycommi posted a version over a decade ago, but since that was only two pages long, and the story in Japanese covers four pages of extremely small, dense text, there was clearly a lot missing. I started the translation in late 2011, while still working on the Misa novel. I did most of the first section, and then put it away for a few years, picking it up a little less than a year ago. I worked on it sporadically this year, and finally finished it yesterday (mostly… There will be a slightly revised version coming later). Honestly, I found it a real slog. Fun to read, I hope, but really difficult to translate. Neil Nadelman and Frank Reynolds helped with the submarine terminology, and my old housemate in Tokyo, Irina, helped confirm that the “Russian” names in the story aren’t actually Russian, and okayed my spelling of them. Any errors that remain, however, are my own.

Download HERE: The Plundering Fleet

Discuss on the forums HERE

 

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Original Macross voted most popular ‘idol anime.’

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Niconico recently surveyed 500 of its users about popular ‘idol anime’ and the results (released on Jan. 11) might surprise you.

While currently popular shows such as ‘Love Live’ made it into the top five, as did the Shoji Kawamori co-directed series ‘AKB 0048’, the No. 1 spot went to SDF Macross, with almost an entire 8% between it and the No.2 spot, ‘Magic Angel Creamy Mami.’

This isn’t the more recently popular Macross Frontier we are talking about here, nor the very influential Macross 7. No, it was the original tv series from 1982 that 19.2% of fans voted for, proving that the voice that changed the course of Space War 1 still has a hold over us more than 30 years later.

NicoNico Special for Macross⊿ Auditionees

さんかくだとNiconico will broadcast a special 2-hour programme, Wednesday December 17, 21:00~23:00 (JST) to offer advice to those thinking of auditioning for the upcoming Macross⊿ tv series, give some hints and tips, and explain how the audition process works.

The special will be hosted by Takeshi Wakazaki.
Special guests will include:

Megumi Nakajima (Ranka Lee, Macross Frontier)
Haruka Chisuga (Mina Forte, Macross 30)
Shiro Sasaki (Music Producer)

LINK↓
http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv203014420

Macross⊿ Auditions Start Today

Auditions for idols for the latest Macross tv series commence today. Submissions will be accepted until January 30 (JST) and can be made either online or via Joysound karaoke booths across Japan.

To commemorate the auditions, Macross Card Fighter will be holding a special campaign where users input a new keyword each day in order to get a new Minmei card illustrated by Risa Ebata

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(Many thanks to FalconKPD for the tip!)

Macross△!

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At the conclusion of the FIREBOMBER 2014 BASARA EXPLOSION concert this evening, the working title of the latest Macross TV series was announced – MACROSS△.

The reading of the △ has yet to be officially clarified – the Japanese fans we spoke to at the event were speculating it could be Delta or possibly Triangle (or Triangler?).

No further details are known about the series at this early stage other than its set in the year 2067 – 8 years after Macross Frontier and 7 years after Macross 30.

Applications will be accepted from December 1st for auditions for the newest Macross singer. A similar contest was held for Macross Frontier (Megumi Nakajima) and Macross 30 (Haruka Chisuga).

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OST & Blu-ray Reissues.

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Flying Dog and Bandai Visual have just announced some Macross Bluray and soundtrack reissues. So, if there’s a hole in your collection this may be your chance to stock up on more Macross! (Especially for the Macross Plus boxset which had previously sold out at many online retailers).

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Blu-ray Reissues:
*Macross Plus Complete Blu-ray Box (w/some English subs/dub)
*Macross 7 Complete Blu-ray Box FIRE (1)
*Macross 7 Complete Blu-ray Box FIRE (2)

Soundtrack Reissues (2500yen each + tax):
*Macross 2 OST 1
*Macross 2 OST 2
*Macross Zero OST 1
*Macross Zero OST 2

Flying Dog also added the following to their ‘HD Music’ digital distribution service (96kHz/24bit WAV/FLAC)
*Macross F OST 1
*ULTRA FIRE! – Fire Bomber

Macross Frontier Shudisuta Boxset Discounted!

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The Macross Frontier ‘Shudisuta’ movie bluray boxset WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES has been discounted by 44% at both AmiAmi and Amazon Japan. The boxset includes both THE FALSE SONGSTRESS and THE WINGS OF FAREWELL, an extras disc, and two large art books. If you haven’t picked a copy up yet there’s no better way to support the franchise and get a great deal at the same time!

Many thanks to forum veteran UN Spacy for the heads up.